Sermons by Dr. Bruce Epperly (Page 2)

Encountering God in Pain and Vulnerability

Mark 5:25-34 Author Susan Sontag asserts that each person holds two passports: one is to the land of the healthy, the other to the land of sick. We all know the zest of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being: we know it because we hardly notice it.  Our bodies are our friends.  We bound up the stairs, […]

More than a Fish Story – Jonah

What would you do if God challenged everything you thought was true about God and the people around you?  What if you discovered that your Sunday School faith was fine when you were ten but not when you are thirty or seventy? The book of Jonah is more than a fish story.  It’s about one […]

The Gospel According to Paw Patrol

I Corinthians 12 “No job is too big, no pup is too small,” so begins the introduction to Paw Patrol, an animated children’s show about a group of dogs who are first responders, each one different, with different personalities and gifts, who help people and animals in need. I wouldn’t have connected Paw Patrol with […]

Encounters with God -What do you say to a burning bush? Moses

Exodus 3:11-15 Moses had a history.  As he walked to work that morning, off to tend his father-in-law’s herds, perhaps Moses was pondering, “How did I get myself into this situation?” Perhaps, he recounted his life story, “Raised by the great Pharaoh’s daughter, born in luxury, destined for great things.  Born Hebrew, raised Egyptian, unsure of […]

Wrestling with God: Jacob

Genesis 28:10-17   Genesis 32:22-32   We continue our reflection on Encountering God with the story of Jacob, the trickster, the biblical embodiment of the art of the deal.  Some folks are unexpected mystics, and Jacob fits this category.  From the moment of his birth, Jacob sought to get the upper hand on anyone he met.  He […]

Invitation to Adventure: Abraham and Sarah

Genesis 12:1-9 There is a saying, “when you make plans, God laughs.” It is not that God is out to turn our lives upside down, or that God wants to make things difficult for us, but that life is full of surprises, and sometimes God is the source of unexpected adventures, moving us out of our […]

An Open and Affirming Heart

John 13:34 People who know me well recognize that I seldom take short cuts on important issues. I don’t go along with the crowd, intellectually, theologically, or ethically.  Thomas the doubter is one of my intellectual heroes.  I ponder the yes and the no, the theory and practice, of issues. I regularly question my beliefs, […]

The Gospel According to Star Wars

“A Long, Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”…in a time of civil war, the rebels won a victory against the evil Galactic Empire, but victory is always temporary – the fight must go on – the forces of darkness are strong and we must be brave. “A long, long time ago,” so […]

All Embracing Spirit

Acts 2:1-21 During the Pentecost Season, the longest season of the Christian year, we celebrate God’s enlivening and unifying Spirit. We need this Spirit now more than ever.  No people have been more global than persons in the 21stcentury.  In real time, we can see photos of flames at Notre Dame, villages bombed in Yemen, […]

A Mighty Wind Has Blown

Acts 2:1-12 “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” So begins Theodore Geisel, Dr. Suess, in his book for all ages “All the Places You’ll Go.”  It’s summer, schools out, holidays on the horizon, let’s go. It was fifty days after Easter, and the women and men who […]